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Common Craft Explains Primary and Secondary Sources

Common Craft Explains Primary and Secondary Sources | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

"Understanding the differences between primary and secondary sources can be a challenge to some middle school and high school students. "


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 1, 6:10 PM

Help your student learn the differences between primary and seconary sources by sharing this video by Common Craft. What makes primary resources important? When it is better to use secondary resources? How to they interact with each other? This two minute video will provide an overview that will help your students deepen their understanding. 

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How to Search the Invisible Web

How to Search the Invisible Web | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
While the pages and media found via simple searches may seem unendingly huge at times, what is submerged and largely unseen – often referred to as the invisible web or deep web – is in fact far, far bigger.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 1, 4:41 AM

Many students are not aware that there is an "invisible web" that may be searched, one that is not quite so easy to find but has more information than Google provides (which tends to look at the "Surface Web"). According to this post Google has indexed "roughly 200 terabytes" while the size of the Internet is estimated at "5 million terabytes" of information.

The post provides a look at what is not found through Google (or other common search engines) and then shares:
* A list of Open Access Journal Databases (with over 10 databases with descriptions)

* A list of Invisible Search Engines. Quoting from the post "The search engines that deliver results from the invisible web are distinctly different. Narrower in scope, these deep web engines tend to access only a single type of data…deep web searches tend to be more thoughtful in their initial query requirements." Ten search engines are listed and there is a short description for each.

* A list of subject-specific databases in the following areas

     - Art & Design

     - Business

     - Legal & Social Services

     - Science & Technology

     - Healthcare

Although this post is geared to students in college there are resources that may be used by students in middle or high school provided, and as teachers it is important for us to learn more about this "invisible web" and to share it with our students.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 1, 3:56 PM

An incredible amount of information is out there. Finding it and accessing it makes a huge difference. Here are some good ideas on how to do that.

Louis Gourdain's curator insight, April 10, 2:24 AM
Présentation des enjeux du web invisible, ainsi que des listes de bases de données "enfouies", et des moteurs de recherche spécifiques.
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The Apartheid of Children’s Literature

The Apartheid of Children’s Literature | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
Too often today’s books are blind to the reality of thousands of children.
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Voices From The Trenches: The Teacher Librarian's Role in 1:1 ...

Voices From The Trenches: The Teacher Librarian's Role in 1:1 ... | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, Doug Johnson and I asked for help from teacher librarians working in 1:1/BYOD programs as we attempt to put together a guide of best practices for TLs serving students where everyone "has a library in their ...

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 8, 7:10 PM

Change is hard, but stay focused on students and learning.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

There are so many great apps out there and so little time to see them all. Some are available for just the iPad, and some are available for iPhone and Android. Teacher-librarians are always on the lookout for great apps and programs for their students and colleagues.


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Deborah Rinio's curator insight, February 7, 8:50 AM

Although these Apps are listed as being for librarians, they are really great for anyone. Teachers and students!

Lourense Das's curator insight, February 8, 4:50 AM

16 Mobile apps for teacher / school librarians. Interesting to check out

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 8, 7:23 PM

Great list of links. Love the visuals.

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Publishers Are Warming to Fan Fiction, But Can It Go Mainstream?

Publishers Are Warming to Fan Fiction, But Can It Go Mainstream? | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

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Rachel Edidin:  "Literary publishing's uneasy relationship with fan fiction has been complicated by the realization that fandom is a huge potential market—one already stocked with both prolific authors and enthusiastic readers.  But how to tap that market is a dilemma that few publishers seem quite prepared to engage."

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My E-Shelf | The New School Libraries and Archives

The e-Shelf allows you to keep track of library books, articles and other materials that you use for research.

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K.C. Boyd: Archiving academic culture and building community presence on Pinterest

K.C. Boyd: Archiving academic culture and building community presence on Pinterest | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
In working on a long piece about how youth services librarians are using Pinterest, I discovered the work of K.C. Boyd, who leverages social media to promote the image of her school, to build community, and to archive her students’ work.

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What Every Library Needs The Most

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This is a guest blog post by Alonzo LaMont. To contribute a guest blog to SciLogs.com Community Blog, contact Paige Brown @FromTheLabBench.These are hard times for libraries of every size, shape and literary persuasion. The universal clarion call to “downsize the library” now appears to be the official economic cure-all for budgetary sanity. Who needs another feasibility study when the ...

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Four Futures for School Libraries – Guest Post by Valerie Hill

Four Futures for School Libraries – Guest Post by Valerie Hill | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
4 themes for school libraries in 2014 by by Dr. Valerie Hill. The four areas for the future of School Libraries that Dr. Hill outlines are: Critical Thinking Constructivist Learning Collaboration D...

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Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, March 19, 6:23 PM

Proposta de 4 dimensões prioritárias para as bibliotecas escolares em 2014:

Pensamento Crítico

Aprendizagem Construtivista

Colaboração

Cidadania Digital

josé krijnsen's curator insight, March 20, 1:05 AM

School Libraries of the future

Glenda Morris's curator insight, March 22, 12:41 PM

4 themes for 2014  for  school libraries  are critical thinking,, constructivist learning, collaboration and digital citizenship

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School Library Marketing 101: It's About Students Not Stuff.

School Library Marketing 101: It's About Students Not Stuff. | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

School library marketing has to begin and end with impact.  It has to be about what we do for our kids, our teachers, our communities and why it's important.  It has to be about outcomes and the message that "we're all in this together" or, put another way, that we care just as much about student success as any other teacher in the building.


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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, March 18, 4:10 AM

"Before we can even begin to think about how we're going to market our work and its impact on student learning, we have to create work that impacts student learning! "

Sudi Hope Stodola's curator insight, March 18, 11:56 AM

If you want to be considered an awesome school librarian, you have to think of the kid' needs. 

Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, March 18, 5:15 PM

Includes a template for planning the marketing of your school library

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Your Visual Guide to Citing Tweets Properly in Academic Papers

Your Visual Guide to Citing Tweets Properly in Academic Papers | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
March 19, 2014
The power of Tweets have extended from mere 140 characters of what somebody is doing to sentences with academic rigour being cited in different academic papers. Tweets have become...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 19, 1:02 PM

Just like Tweets, this article is short-and-sweet but teachers will be SO happy to have it! Be sure to share during the busy research project season that is upon us!

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ALERT: Is this in YOUR child's library at school?

ALERT: Is this in YOUR child's library at school? | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

how booA Mom in Shelby County, TN sent us images from a book that her child checked out of his elementary school library.  Her son knew that there were some forbidden words in the book that he was not...


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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 17, 8:36 AM

This is how book-banning gets its pants on, folks. If you're in a school library this is worth reading. I especially love the part where the book has a "3.0 AR level" sticker on it. When, oh when, will people learn that AR levels HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH AGE-APPROPRIATENESS??? This, my friends, is why we don't rely on leveling in the library (IMHO).

Sudi Hope Stodola's curator insight, March 18, 12:17 PM

This is a scary blog. Yes, it's a mom in TN, but this is how censorship gets started. 

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Teaching Students How to Research for Understanding with Technology

Teaching Students How to Research for Understanding with Technology | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
Searching for information on the Internet can be extremely challenging for our students. This is widely due to the sheer amount of information that is currently available out there. A lot of teache...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 1, 5:58 PM

You assign students a research project. Many students go to Google, type in a question (without giving much thought), and often become overwhelmed with the amount of information available. Is this a familiar scene?

Think back and make one change, instead of using Google have them use a database? Is that a significant shift?

This post provides a series of steps, taking you through a number of ways you might proceed with a research project and adding in complexity. Scheer begins by explaining a common research project and moves on through a number of areas:

* What is understanding?

* Understanding Searching with Technology

* Stages of Research

* Putting This All Together

* Conclusion

Do you have your students do research projects? Do you find that you are not satisfied with the quality of work being done? This post provides an excellent foundation to help you revamp your process and provide your students with skills that they will use not only in the classroom but also in the future, in both their personal and professional endeavors.

Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, April 7, 11:20 AM

Re-framing the stages of research to help students manage the volume of information on databases and the internet.

PLAN – Identify what the problem is and the questions that you are going to ask.

STRATEGIZE – The route that you are going to take to search the web for information about your questions.

EVALUATE –  The sources of data that you are  using for credibility, accuracy and currentness.

TRIANGULATE – Compare your sources of data against one other.

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

"So how are we doing on the push to teach “digital literacy” across the K12 school spectrum? From my perspective as a school-based technology coach and history teacher, I’d say not as well as we might wish – in part because our traditional approach to curriculum and instruction wants to sort everything into its place."

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 27, 6:14 PM

How often have you heard the term digital native or digital immigrant? Are our students digital natives because they were born after digital items were widely available? Does this factor mean that they understand how to use these tools effectively and that they are digitally literate? For me the answer to that is that they do not fully understand how to use digital tools effectively and they are not digitally literate. This is something we need to teach them.

This post does an excellent job looking at this issue. Specifically it looks at these areas:

* Students must learn how to evaluate online content - Think of this as a research skill.

* Students must be able to engage with others online and communicate - Think of this as a communication tool.

* Students need to learn how to create and projects can be digital.

These three areas come together and create the skill sets needed to digitally literate. More information is available about this in the post.

And if you happen to live in the New England area you might consider checking out the Massachusetts New Literacies Institute that will be taking place in at the Kittredge Center in Holyoke, MA from July 8 - 10. Information for this may be found at http://mnli.org/. This institute looks at three cornerstones: Online Content Reading, Online Collaborative Inquiry and Online Content Construction "preparing future-ready teachers."

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Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?

Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books? | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
I want to make them human in the eyes of readers — and in their own.
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Promoting your school library - YouTube

This short promotional film, developed by ALIA Schools, is for principals, school communities, teacher librarians, library staff and teachers. The film gives...

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Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, February 10, 12:17 PM

Let's video-write our ideas - youtube's last fashion :)

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, February 25, 8:19 AM

Well-made and very well thought out presentation.  The importance of a trained librarian is very evident here.

Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 7, 11:50 PM

ALIA Schools promotional film advocating the role of school libraries and teacher librarians.

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Libraries of the Future: Where Trends Are Taking K-12 Public School ...

“Modern K-12 public libraries will offer intensely engaging learning environments to all students. How they will go about doing this is less certain but the principle trends are readily identified in various research efforts.

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How Cuts and Closures of Elementary School Libraries Are Hurting Our Kids - TakePart - Librarian Chat

TakePart How Cuts and Closures of Elementary School Libraries Are Hurting Our KidsTakePart”Eliminating school library positions and reducing funding for school library materials is not only short-sighted but will have a negative impact on the...

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Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves

Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

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Audrey's curator insight, March 21, 4:30 PM

Curating is about finding and selecting information in order to learn about a subject. Youngsters can be encouraged to do this  pre-school.  This motivational 21st century skill can be encouraged at home. with educational games toys and and books which stimulates interest.  For example children can learn about  science by interacting with Chemistry Lab; Horrible Science - explosive experiments; Newton's Cradle and Science Museum.  By the time they get to school they are already full of curiosity and ready to increase their knowledge.  Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 6:27 AM

By Robin Good,

Here's a short first-hand report highlighting how an 8th grade social studies class teacher (Terri Inloes) has fully leveraged the content curation potential to let her students dive, discover and make sense of topics (in this case social reform movements) that they had not studied before. All by themselves.


Here the steps taken to make this happen:


a) By using the Question Formulation Technique, the teacher prepared pairs of photographs representing each of the reform movements, one picture dating back to the late 19th century, and another representing where that social reform movement stands in today’s society. 


b) After checking out all of the photos, students settled on the pair of pictures that most caught their interest.


c) They brainstormed and refined a set of specific questions, and then shared their thinking with the class. 

d) With the feedback received they selected the topic which they would curate. 

e) At this point students planned their research strategies. By using 5 different graphic organizers from the book Q Tasks, by Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan, students were allowed to choose the one that they thought would help them the most in planning their keyword search strategies. 


f) Students were assigned WordPress blogs and provided basic instructions on how to use them to 

curate and publish their research work.


g) Discovery and real learning kicked in as students proceeded in collaborative groups to research and document their chosen topic. 


You can see some of the outcomes that this assignment produced right here:


General Conclusions

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/2014/02/24/conclusion-3/


Voting Rights Inequality

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/


Mental Health Treatment
http://tmsorangementalhealthcaretreatments.d20blogs.org/


Prohibition Acts

http://tmsorangeprohibitionacts.d20blogs.org/ 

 



A very inspiring example of content curation can be effectively applied in the classroom with impressive results. 


Highly recommended. 9/10


Thanks to Nancy White of Innovations in Education for participating, writing and reporting about it.

 Thanks to Robin Good for the fine summary in this insight.
The ideas here offer a great classroom challenge to students.{Monica}
Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 11:57 AM

Important 21st century skills

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Advances in Citation Management Technologies: How Do They Shape Inquiry and Literacies?

Advances in Citation Management Technologies:  How Do They Shape Inquiry and Literacies? | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
Two years ago, I adopted EasyBib as my primary citation subscription service for a multitude of reasons, but the driving factor was to spend less time on the mechanics of citation and more time hel...

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 23, 6:02 AM

Buffy asks how "less emphasis on the mechanics of citation change people’s perceptions and connotations of “research”?" and "How do these technologies and access or lack of access to them function as sponsors of literacy?"

 

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 27, 5:23 AM

I have subscribed to EasyBib for several years and LOVE that the Gale Databases now make it one click to export the citation info. to EasyBib. Way more students use the databases because of it.

 

 

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School libraries change lives, says new report - News - TES

School libraries change lives, says new report - News - TES | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

School libraries need to be protected from budget cuts because they play an essential role in improving academic outcomes and student well-being, according to a new report.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, March 11, 1:31 PM

Doesn't matter which country you come from the findings are the same. School libraries are essential in the development of literacy capabilities for every student. 

Sudi Hope Stodola's curator insight, March 12, 7:37 AM

Best quote from the article: Novelist James Robertson, meanwhile, said that libraries were “as essential a part of school as a classroom”. He added: “You can’t just fill an empty room with books and call it a library – you need somebody to encourage children and show them how to use it.”

That's what we do. 

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The ABCs of Information Literacy Infographic

The ABCs of Information Literacy Infographic | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
The ABCs of Information Literacy Infographic shares key information literacy terms that all students should understand to be successful in research.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, March 22, 6:06 AM

Information Literacy Infographic: ABC of IL #IL #Informationliteracy

Glenda Morris's curator insight, March 22, 12:30 PM

A-Z of. Information infographic - lists terms

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, March 23, 6:25 AM

I would have used "Gathering" instead of Google for the letter G. As much as I do not teach students to exclude Google as a search tool, I insist they use other databases (Nettrekker, Discovery Ed, & other encyclopedias) first.

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Where the President’s Budget Would Leave Libraries

Where the President’s Budget Would Leave Libraries | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama’s $3.9 trillion budget for fiscal year 2015 proposes slight cuts in federal library spending, strongly promotes a variety of early education programs, and funds an ongoing mission to connect students to high-speed Internet in...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 24, 7:29 AM

Sigh... "slight cuts in federal library spending" - this is a broken record that I wish would stop playing...

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63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World

63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it
63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 18, 1:34 PM

I love this part of the article: "Just as salt allowed for the keeping of meats, the advent of antibiotics made deadly viruses and diseases simply inconvenient, and electricity completely altered when and where we slept and work and played, technology is again changing the kind of “stuff” a student needs to know." 

Indeed.